THE FINAL DEBATE: Leading candidates for governor square off ahead of Saturday’s election

FINAL DEBATE FOR GOVERNOR: U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, Gov. John Bel Edwards, Eddie Rispone face off

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The three leading candidates for governor faced off in one last debate Wednesday night, ahead of Saturday’s election.

KPLC and Gray television stations across Louisiana hosted The Final Debate.

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The debate featured the three candidates polling at 5 percent or higher - according to a poll commissioned by Gray Television and its partners. According to the results, incumbent Gov. John Bell Edwards (D) leads the race at 45 percent, while Eddie Rispone (R) is at 22 percent and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham (R) is at 17 percent.

Gov. John Bel Edwards asked U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham about his missed votes in Congress and asked Eddie Rispone about money he donated to former Gov. Bobby Jindal.

FINAL DEBATE: Candidate question - Gov. John Bel Edwards

Eddie Rispone asked Gov. John Bel Edwards about his support for Hillary Clinton in 2016 election and asked U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham about his previous pledge to donate his salary to charity.

FINAL DEBATE: Candidate questions - Eddie Rispone


FINAL DEBATE: Candidate questions - U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham

The debate also featured viewer questions. Lake Charles resident Chavaza Brown Jr. asked the candidates how they will ensure TOPS continues.

FINAL DEBATE: Lake Charles resident Chavaza Brown Jr. asks the candidates how they will ensure TOPS.

Each of the candidates - all of whom are pro-life - were asked how they would respond to a woman pregnant by rape or incest.

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They were also asked who is the best governor in recent memory.

FINAL DEBATE: Which recent Louisiana governor did the best job?

Hear the candidates’ closing thoughts below.

FINAL DEBATE: Candidates' closing thoughts

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